Full steam ahead for canal makeover

Full steam ahead for canal makeover

Upgrade and landscape improvements along Klong Phadung Krung Kasem part of larger BMA project

A decorative bridge crosses Klong Phadung Krung Kasem near Hua Lamphong railway station.(Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
A decorative bridge crosses Klong Phadung Krung Kasem near Hua Lamphong railway station.(Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is continuing with its plan to improve the condition of the city’s canals and their adjacent surroundings.

The BMA is currently carrying out landscape renovation along a 4.5-kilometre section of the 5.5km Klong Phadung Krung Kasem, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said.

In the short term, a 1.25km stretch from Charoen Sawat Bridge to Kasatsuek Bridge in the Hua Lamphong area will be renovated first, with the remaining work broken up into five zones for future development, he said.

The other five zones are Talat Noi, Bo Be, Nang Loeng, a cluster of government offices, and Thewet.

Pavement renovation on the same side of the Hua Lamphong railway station, from Charoen Sawat Bridge to Kasatsuek Bridge, is expected to finish by the end of this year, while the rest of the work in this zone will begin later next year, said the governor.

Along with the landscape renovation project, the Environment Department has begun improving 39 canals, cleaning up the pavements along their banks and growing trees alongside the pavements, he said.

The Traffic and Transport Department, meanwhile, has mapped out a plan for next year to expand the electric boat service to cover more canals and install security cameras to improve security for visitors, he said.

Pol Gen Aswin also said the popular walking street running along a 1.9km section of Klong Ong Ang is due to reopen next Friday. As the Covid situation has improved, the street will be open to the public from 3pm until 8pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he said.

Vendors permitted to sell in the area are required to undergo a Covid test weekly, while social distancing and mask-wearing will still be enforced on all visitors and vendors, he said.

A total of 15 kayaks are available for free use in the canal while visitors are allowed to enjoy kayaking for at most 30 minutes per person, he said, adding that there are several more activities to choose from.

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